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President Zardari signs Christian Marriage (Amend) Act into law

  • President calls for further enhancing job quota for minorities
  • The age of marriage for Christians raised to 18 years

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Asif Ali Zardari has signed into law the Christian Marriage (Amendment) Act 2024 during a special ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The Act provides for raising the marriageable age for Christian men and women to eighteen years. Speaking during the ceremony, President Zardari called for further enhancing the employment quota for minorities in all government jobs, saying that he would write to the government in this regard.

The president said that all minorities were equal citizens of the state having equal rights. He highlighted that minorities should not be disheartened by some isolated incidents, saying that they had equal ownership over the homeland as much as anybody else.

The president accorded assent to the Act under Article 75 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Act amends Section 60 of the Christian Marriage Act of 1872.

Prior to the amendments, the age of Christian men and women intending to be married was required to exceed 16 and 13 years respectively.

The Ceremony was attended by the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony (MORA) Chaudhry Salik Hussain, Secretary MORA Zulfiquar Haider, members of the Christian Community and senior government officials.

Speaking on the occasion, Bishop Abraham Daniel said that raising the age of marriage for men and women had been a long-standing demand of the Christian community.

Bishop Abraham Daniel expressed his gratitude to the President for signing the Act into law during a special ceremony. He also thanked President Asif Ali Zardari for his role in his previous tenure in reserving a five percent quota for minorities in government jobs, besides allocating special seats for minorities in the Senate as well as declaring August 11 as Minorities’ Day in Pakistan.

The Secretary MORA Zulfiquar Haider said that the government was committed to safeguarding the rights of minorities in accordance with the Constitution of Pakistan, and the vision and values of the Country’s founding fathers.

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PM Shahbaz stresses need for Pakistan-Turkmenistan enhanced trade, economic, investment & cultural ties

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov called on Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif at the Prime Minister’s House in Islamabad on Tuesday afternoon.

The prime minister fondly recalled his meeting with the Grand Leader of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at Astana earlier this month and stated that he was looking forward to welcome him in Pakistan at an early date.PM Shahbaz stresses need for Pakistan-Turkmenistan enhanced trade, economic, investment & cultural ties

The prime minister expressed satisfaction at the holding of the third Round of Pakistan-Turkmenistan Bilateral Political Consultations led by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, and stressed the need for regular engagements of all the institutional mechanisms between the two countries.

Shahbaz Sharif also highlighted the need for enhanced trade, economic, investment and cultural relations between Pakistan and Turkmenistan.

The prime minister invited the Turkmen Companies to benefit from the promising investment climate of Pakistan, highlighting the special role of Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) in facilitating foreign investors to invest in different sectors of the Country.

The prime minister also underlined the importance of regional cooperation and connectivity and reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to early completion of TAPI Pipeline as well as working together on other connectivity projects.

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Third Round of Pakistan-Turkmenistan Bilateral Political Consultations held

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Third Round of Pakistan-Turkmenistan Bilateral Political Consultations was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar led the Pakistan side.

The Turkmenistan side was led by Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov.Third Round of Pakistan-Turkmenistan Bilateral Political Consultations held

The two sides reviewed Pakistan-Turkmenistan bilateral relations including bilateral trade and investment, energy cooperation, connectivity and people-to-people linkages.

They noted the positive trajectory of the relations and agreed to further enhance high-level dialogue and exchanges at the leadership level.

The two sides will also strengthen bilateral dialogue mechanisms.

The two sides agreed to intensify joint efforts to further expand and deepen bilateral cooperation including political, economic and defence domains.

It was also agreed to develop closer economic engagement in the priority areas of trade and investment, energy, connectivity and information technology.

The two sides also discussed the projects of TAPI Pipeline and TAP Electricity Transmission Line.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar expressed Pakistan’s commitment to further enhancing bilateral trade and economic ties commensurate with its true potential.

Ishaq Dar underlined, in this regard, the need for early finalization of the Transit Trade Agreement and liberalization of visa regime to facilitate businesspersons.

The two sides also agreed to promote bilateral parliamentary engagement and enhance cultural exchanges, educational scholarships including training of diplomats and people-to-people contacts.

They will work closely to further strengthen bilateral cooperation and dialogue in multilateral settings including at the United Nations and Economic Cooperation Organization.

Regional and global issues of mutual concern were also discussed including the situation in Afghanistan and Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

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Pakistan, Egypt agree to enhance cooperation in religious education

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Chaudhry Salik Hussain in Islamabad on Tuesday said that Pakistan wants to strengthen its relationship with Egypt in various areas of mutual interest including religious education.

The minister said this during a meeting with the Ambassador of Egypt to Pakistan Dr. Ihab Mohamed Abdelhamid Hassan where the two sides discussed ways to further enhance bilateral relations between Pakistan and Egypt.

Both the dignitaries also discussed to exchange mutual studies in enhancing the Masjid roles as center of religious, spiritual, social guidance and social services.

The ambassador who called on the federal minister at his office informed him about establishing an institution in Punjab affiliated with Alazhar university to impart religious education.

The ambassador said that 11 professors of Egypt are already teaching in different faculties in International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).

Dr. Ihab Mohamed Abdelhamid Hassan also invited the minister to attend a conference on the role of women in building awareness.

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Forecast of significant rainfall and potential flooding across KP & AJK

  • Storms and rain expected in southern Sindh:
  • NDMA issues alert to relevant departments

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: According to the National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) of NDMA, strong monsoon currents are likely to penetrate from Aranian Sear and Bay of Bangal in upper regions of Pakistan, resulting in a series of rains across various parts of the Country over the next 24 hours, expected to continue until July 27.

Thunderstorms and rain are expected tonight in the coastal areas of Sindh including Karachi, Hyderabad, Umarkot, Mirpur Khas, Nawabshah, Sukkur, Larkana Division, Tharparkar, Badin, Thatta, Sujawal, Islamkot, and surrounding areas. NEOC anticipated heavy to moderate rainfall in Rohi and Rahim Yar Khan of southern Punjab, Neelum Valley, Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot, Kotli, Bhimber, Mirpur in Azad Kashmir, Dir, Chitral, Swat, Kohistan, Bajaur, Shangla, Battagram, Buner, Kohat, Bajaur, Mohmand, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Peshawar, Swabi, Nowshera, Mardan, Charsadda, Hangu, Kurram, Waziristan, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, and Dera Ismail Khan in KP and areas of Gilgit Baltistan.

The rain may cause flood situations in various urban areas, rising water levels in streams and rivers, and landslides in mountainous areas.

The NDMA urged all relevant authorities and the public to take necessary precautions to mitigate the potential impacts of flooding and landslides.

The authority issued instructions to all relevant departments to alert Emergency Response Teams and mobilized resources to ensure a swift response to any arising situations.

Tourists were advised to avoid traveling to these areas during the forecasted period.

The public was advised to remain vigilant and follow instructions from local authorities.

The NDMA advised the public to stay informed and download ‘Pak NDMA Disaster Alert’ mobile app for timely alerts and closely monitor weather reports.

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Interbank Dollar Rate Today in Pakistan – 23 July 2024

Interbank Exchange Rates in Pakistan

The Interbank Closing Exchange Rate in Pakistan has been issued by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) for July 23, 2024.Interbank Dollar Rate Today in Pakistan – 23 July 2024

Interbank Dollar Rate Today in Pakistan – 23 July 2024

At the Closing of the Trading Session in the Interbank Market on July 23, 2024, the US Dollar (USD) settled at 278.40 against the Pakistani Rupee (PKR), appreciating by 0.03 percent.

The Euro (EUR) stood at Rs 302.79, the British Pound (GBP) at Rs 359.63, the Canadian Dollar (CAD) at Rs 202.24, the Australian Dollar (AUD) at Rs 184.41, the UAE Dirham (AED) at Rs 75.79, the Saudi Riyal (SAR) at Rs 74.22, the Chinese Yuan (CNY) at Rs 38.27, and the Turkish Lira (TRY) at Rs 8.45.Interbank Dollar Rate Today in Pakistan – 23 July 2024

Exchange Rates against Pakistani Rupees Today

  • USD to PKR – USD/PKR (1 US Dollar equals 278.40 Pakistani Rupees)
  • EUR to PKR – EUR/PKR (1 Euro equals 302.79 Pakistani Rupees)
  • GBP to PKR – GBP/PKR (1 British Pound equals 359.63 Pakistani Rupees)
  • CAD to PKR – CAD/PKR (1 Canadian Dollar equals 202.24 Pakistani Rupees)
  • AUD to PKR – AUD/PKR (1 Australian Dollar equals 184.41 Pakistani Rupees)
  • AED to PKR – AED/PKR (1 UAE Dirham equals 75.79 Pakistani Rupees)
  • SAR to PKR – SAR/PKR (1 Saudi Riyal equals 74.22 Pakistani Rupees)
  • CNY to PKR – CNY/PKR (1 Chinese Yuan equals 38.27 Pakistani Rupees)
  • TRY to PKR- TRY/PKR (1 Turkish Lira equals 8.45 Pakistani Rupees)

Interbank Dollar Rate Today in Pakistan – 23 July 2024

Interbank Exchange Rate in Pakistan Today

Currency
Exchange Rate (In PKR)
USD278.40
EUR302.79
GBP359.63
CAD202.24
AUD184.41
AED75.79
SAR74.22
CNY38.27
TRY8.45
Also Read: Pakistan’s foreign reserves stand at $14.7 billion

It’s worth noting that like elsewhere around the Pakistan, exchange rates are not fixed in Pakistan as well and they can fluctuate everyday due to a variety of factors including market forces, interest rates, inflation, political & economic stability, and speculation.

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Pakistan, Turkmenistan agree to strengthen bilateral ties

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan and Turkmenistan have agreed to further strengthen their bilateral cooperation.

The understanding was reached in a meeting between the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov in Islamabad on Tuesday.Pakistan, Turkmenistan agree to strengthen bilateral ties

In the meeting, the two dignitaries held a discussion on a range of bilateral areas of cooperation and regional and global issues of mutual concern.

They agreed to further strengthen bilateral cooperation and enhance high level dialogue and exchanges at the leadership level.

The two leaders will also lead their respective delegations at the Third Round of Bilateral Political Consultations and explore avenues of bilateral cooperation with special focus on trade, investment and energy cooperation, regional connectivity and cultural relations.

The two sides will also discuss global and regional developments and areas of cooperation in multilateral forums.

The Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rasit Meredow arrived in Pakistan on Monday for a three-day visit.

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Rains in Islamabad: Mohsin Naqvi directs for swift drainage of rainwater in ICT

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Interior Mohsin Naqvi has directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to ensure drainage of water in low lying areas of Capital Territory at regular intervals in view of torrential rains.

The interior minister contacted the CDA Chairman Muhammad Ali Randhawa and asked him to personally supervise the drainage work.  He said drainage of water should be ensured at underpasses and other places.

Mohsin Naqvi said the officers and staff concerned should remain in the field till the drainage work is completed.

The interior minister gave the instructions for regular monitoring of streets, drains and waterways in the Capital.

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President for comprehensive plan to prevent urban flooding in Karachi

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Asif Ali Zardari has called for devising a comprehensive plan on a priority basis to prevent urban flooding in Karachi.

While chairing a meeting on saving Karachi from urban flooding and environmental degradation and promoting sustainable water resource development, at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Monday, the president said that the Sindh government should adopt a sustainable and long-term strategy, based on international best practices, for effectively managing sewage and stormwater to save the Metropolitan City from urban flooding.

The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Adjutant General Lt General Muhammad Asim Malik, Minister for Local Government Department of Sindh Saeed Ghani, Mayor Karachi Barrister Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Asif Hyder Shah, CEO Karachi Water and Sewerage Corporation Syed Salahuddin, Country Head Herrenknetch Pakistan Col (rdtd) Danyal Naveed Ahmed, senior government officials, and local and international water management experts attended the meeting.

The president was given a comprehensive presentation by international water and sewage management experts and proposed various solutions to address the challenges of urban flooding and sewage in Karachi on the pattern of the tunnel sewer systems of Washington DC, the London Super Sewer Project, and the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System of Singapore.

During the briefing, it was proposed that a network of small and large sewer tunnels under existing roads in high-flood zones of Karachi may be developed.

It was highlighted that underground tunnelling using modern techniques would not disturb the public, city traffic and land ownership.

The experts informed that Karachi generated almost 450 million gallons per day (MGD) of sewage.

They added that sewage and stormwater were collected in small and large open drains which fell into the Lyari and Malir rivers and were released untreated into the sea, polluting the marine ecosystem. It was further informed that the existing network of drains had limited capacity and absorbed around 50% of the rainwater under normal circumstances.

The meeting was told that excess water was not absorbed by the system, causing urban flooding.

Speaking on the occasion, the president underlined the need for completing the feasibility study to control flooding in Karachi through tunnelling options within three months.

President Zardari stated that Karachi and its coastal areas need to be made clean and brought at par with other Metropolitan cities of the world.

The president said that since the proposed project would have significant environmental impacts, therefore, the Sindh government should approach international donors to seek environmental financing for the project.

The present said that the construction of the wastewater treatment system would also help supply treated water to Balochistan for agriculture, besides promoting the fisheries sector.

President Asif Ali Zardari remarked that the city of Hyderabad was also facing urban flooding and sewage issues that also needed to be addressed on priority.

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Pakistan calls for immediate & full implementation of ICJ’s Advisory Opinion on Palestine

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has welcomed the Advisory Opinion by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the “Legal Consequences arising from the Policies and Practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem.”

In a statement on Monday, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said that the ICJ’s ruling clearly establishes that Israel’s unlawful policies and practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory are in breach of Israel’s obligation to respect the right of Palestinian people to self-determination, and that Israel is under an obligation to end its unlawful occupation; cease its illegal settlement activities; and to make reparation for the damage caused.

It may be recalled that Pakistan had made a written submission to the ICJ on the case in July 2023, and later also shared a rejoinder with the Court.

Pakistan also participated in the oral public hearing held by the ICJ on the case in February 2024. In its submissions to the ICJ, Pakistan reiterated its strong and unwavering support for the right to self-determination of the Palestinians and highlighted the illegality of the Israeli occupation.

The Spokesperson said that Pakistan calls for the immediate and full implementation of the Court’s Advisory Opinion.

Ambassador Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said that we hope that the Court’s ruling will be an important step towards ending the Israeli occupation, realization of the inalienable right of the Palestinians to self-determination, and creation of a viable, secure, contiguous and sovereign State of Palestine on the basis of the pre-1967 borders and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its Capital.

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